Yearly Archives: 2019

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Amazon Alight

2019-09-13T09:45:14+00:00

Amazon Alight The Amazon is burning, and not for the first time. At this very moment there are an estimated 93,000 fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon. This is a significant increase, a 60% increase in fact from those recorded at the same time last year. It is also the highest number of active fires recorded in the Amazon since 2010 (National Geographic, 2019). According to the Global Fire Data Organisation, the Amazon’s fire season which affects mainly the southern Amazon region, runs from June to November, with its “peak burning activity in September along the eastern and southern Amazon [...]

Amazon Alight 2019-09-13T09:45:14+00:00

South Africa’s War on Women

2019-09-13T09:43:36+00:00

South Africa’s War on Women In the wake of what has been a horrendously ironic, eye opening and devastating Women’s Month in South Africa, the country has been left reeling after a scourge in gender based violence. The month of August in South Africa is meant to be one used to celebrate the women in our country, but instead as the statistics and continuous stream of news just this month alone has shown, has been used to decimate them instead. Uyinene Mrwetyana, Janika Mallo, Meghan Cremer, Jesse Hess and Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels are just a few of the names [...]

South Africa’s War on Women 2019-09-13T09:43:36+00:00

The buzz about blood types

2019-09-13T09:41:46+00:00

The buzz about blood types Have you ever wondered why you might be covered in mosquito bites, but the person next to you remains untouched? Why do some people get bitten more than others, is it purely coincidence and chance, or is there something more behind the bite? Well, as it turns out – there may be a more scientific reasoning behind a person’s propensity to be bitten by mosquitoes. It is very likely that if you are the ‘chosen’ one in your family or friendship group – then you are being particularly targeted by the female mosquito. The female [...]

The buzz about blood types 2019-09-13T09:41:46+00:00

Ngwevu Intloko, the latest local dino-discovery

2019-08-08T12:24:52+00:00

Ngwevu Intloko, the latest local dino-discovery A new dinosaur species has been discovered in the vaults as part of a 30 year old fossil exhibition at the University of the Witwatersrand. The fossil in question is not a new discovery, as far as fossils go, and has been a part of an exhibition at the University’s Evolutionary Studies Institute after it was originally found in 1978 at a farm in Fouriesburg in the Free State. However, only recently has it come to light that the fossil was actually misidentified as it was initially thought to be a specimen of Massospondylus. [...]

Ngwevu Intloko, the latest local dino-discovery 2019-08-08T12:24:52+00:00

The Changing Face of Facebook

2019-08-08T12:21:30+00:00

The Changing Face of Facebook The mobile Apps that we have come to know, love, and utilise on a daily basis may be getting a somewhat slightly controversial facelift soon. It is a well-known fact that both Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook. WhatsApp was acquired by the company in February 2014 in what was deemed a ‘landmark’ $19 billion deal, and only a mere five years after it was started by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. WhatsApp is the world’s most utilised messaging service with approximately 600 million users globally (Forbes, 2014). At the time of acquisition, WhatsApp [...]

The Changing Face of Facebook 2019-08-08T12:21:30+00:00

South Africa – The World’s Unhealthiest Country

2019-08-08T12:17:58+00:00

South Africa – The World’s Unhealthiest CountryThe Indigo Wellness Index tracks and determines the health status of the world’s countries by using a metric of ten key measures. The Index covers over 150 countries across the world and is considered to be one of the most comprehensive of its kind, by drawing on data supplied from a diverse range of sources including the World Health Organisation, public health data and the World Happiness Report (Global Perspectives Infographics). The ten key metrics that form the focus of The Index are as follows: “Blood pressure, Blood glucose, obesity, depression, happiness, alcohol use, tobacco [...]

South Africa – The World’s Unhealthiest Country 2019-08-08T12:17:58+00:00

The Cost of a Cup of Coffee

2019-08-02T08:08:40+00:00

The Cost of a Cup of Coffee Many people start their morning routine unthinkingly with a cup of coffee, to most – it is deemed an essential (sometimes crucial) aspect of the morning ritual. Coffee has become synonymous with waking us up, increased energy-levels and productivity. We rely on its caffeine content to keep us going when all else fails. For the connoisseurs and aficionados, a cup of coffee is not just a morning necessity but rather an exercise in single origin or ground coffee bean appreciation, a sensory experience and often a labour of love, as most true coffee [...]

The Cost of a Cup of Coffee 2019-08-02T08:08:40+00:00

4IR & Revolutionary Robots

2019-08-02T08:05:18+00:00

4IR & Revolutionary Robots The World Economic Forum defines the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a representation of “a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is a new chapter in human development, enabled by extraordinary technology advances commensurate with those of the first, second and third industrial revolutions.” There is an immense amount of potential seen in the Fourth Industrial revolution with an inherent reliance on the impact that the emerging technology will have on various sectors, predominantly the “physical, digital and biological world.” It is a movement that president Cyril Ramaphosa touched [...]

4IR & Revolutionary Robots 2019-08-02T08:05:18+00:00

Problematic, pesky perfume

2019-08-02T08:02:09+00:00

Problematic, pesky perfume                                                                                                            Nothing beats smelling good, or smelling something good, it is undoubtedly one of life’s simple sensory pleasures. This is the substantive base that a multi-billion dollar industry is founded on. Perfume, or artificial fragrances permeate almost every product imaginable – from the product in its purest form as a perfume or eau de parfume and eau de toilette, to deodorants, body lotions, shampoos and conditioners, face creams, body washes, soaps, fabric softeners and washing powders, candles, diffusers, air and car fresheners, pads and even toilet paper. Fragrances are used for and in everything – they make us smell attractive, [...]

Problematic, pesky perfume 2019-08-02T08:02:09+00:00

Torture Tourism – the dark side of wildlife tourism

2019-06-11T14:57:41+00:00

Torture Tourism – the dark side of wildlife tourism In May 2019, National Geographic Magazine wrote an expansive article exposing the very dark and often unseen side of wildlife tourism across the world. Posing with a big cat like a tiger, playing with lion cubs, riding an elephant or having a monkey sit on your shoulder for a photo are just a few examples of wildlife tourism and have become increasingly popular, especially in the pursuit of social-media worthy content and a sizeable ‘like’ count. However, the pictures that make it onto social media of tourists with these animals, paint [...]

Torture Tourism – the dark side of wildlife tourism 2019-06-11T14:57:41+00:00

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